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John Berthrong is Associate Dean for Academic and Administrative Affairs, Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, and Director of the Institute for Dialogue among Religious Traditions at the Boston University School of Theology. Educated in sinology at the University of Chicago, Berthrong has been active in interfaith dialogue projects and programs for many years. His teaching and research interests include: interreligious dialogue, Chinese religions, and comparative philosophy and theology. His most recent publications include: The Divine Deli: Religious Identity in the North American Cultural Mosaic (Orbis Books, 1999), The Transformations of the Confucian Way (Westview Press, 1998), Concerning Creativity: A Comparison of Chu Hsi, Whitehead, and Neville (State University of New York Press, 1998), All Under Heaven: Transforming Paradigms in Confucian-Christian Dialogue (State University of New York, 1994), a collaboration with Evelyn Nagai Berthrong on Confucianism: A Short Introduction (OneWorld, 2000), and a co-edited volume with Mary Evelyn Tucker entitled, Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans (Center for the Study of World Religions, 1998).

Donald Brown is Senior Counsel for Sustainable Development at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA EPA). Brown holds a B.S. in Commerce and Engineering Sciences from Drexel University, an M.A. in Philosophy and Art from the New School for Social Research, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University of Law. He has served as Program Manager for United Nations Organizations in the Office of International Environmental Policy at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as Assistant Attorney General, as Director of the Bureau of Hazardous Sites and Superfund Enforcement, as Litigation Chief with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and as the Director of the Office of Regulation and Enforcement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The most recent of his numerous publications include a volume he co-edited with John Lemmons entitled, Sustainable Development: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995).

J. Baird Callicott is Regents Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies at the University of North Texas and formerly President of the International Society for Environmental Ethics (ISEE). He is the author of many books including: In Defense of the Land Ethic: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (SUNY, 1989); Beyond the Land Ethic: More Essays in Environmental Philosophy (SUNY, 1999); Earth’s Insights: A Survey of Ecological Ethics from the Mediterranean Basin to the Australian Outback (University of California Press, 1994), and more than a hundred book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews on environmental philosophy. His collaborative efforts include: as co-author with Thomas W. Overholt, Clothed-in-Fur and Other Tales: An Introduction to an Ojibwa World View (University Press of America, 1982); Companion to a Sand County Almanac: Interpretive and Critical Essays (University of Wisconsin Press, 1987); with Roger T. Ames, Nature in Asian Traditions of Thought: Essays in Environmental Philosophy (SUNY, 1989); with Susan L. Flader, The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold (University of Wisconsin Press, 1991); with Fernando J. R. da Rocha, Earth Summit Ethics: Toward a Postmodern Philosophy of Environmental Education (SUNY, 1996); and with Michael P. Nelson, The Great New Wilderness Debate and The Wilderness Debate Rages On (University of Georgia Press, 1998, 2008). With Clare Palmer he edited the five-volume set of classic and important papers in environmental ethics, Environmental Philosophy: Critical Concepts (Routledge, 2005), and with Robert Frodeman he is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy (MacMillan, 2009).     

Christopher Key Chapple is Professor of Theological Studies and Associate Academic Vice President of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Extension School where he teaches religions of India and comparative theology. Chapple received his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies from the State University of New York (Stony Brook) and his PhD in the history of religions through the Theology Department at Fordham University. He has served as Assistant Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies of World Religions and taught Sanskrit, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism for five years at the State University of New York (Stony Brook) before joining the faculty at LMU. His published works include: Reconciling Yogas: Haribhadra’s Collection of Views on Yoga (State University of New York, 2003), Nonviolence to Animals: Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions (State University of New York, 1993), Karma and Creativity (State University of New York, 1986), a co-translation with Yogi Anand Viraj of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali entitled, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: An Analysis of the Sanscrit with Accompanying English Translation Hinduism and Ecology (Sri Satguru Publications, 1991), and, several edited collections of essays including: Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life (State University of New York, 2002) and Ecological Prospects: Scientific, and Religious, Aesthetic Perspectives (State University of New York, 1993).

John Chryssavgis was born in Australia, where he matriculated from The Scots College (1975). He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens (1980), a diploma in Byzantine Music from the Greek Conservatory of Music (1979), and was awarded a research scholarship to St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary (1982). He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford (1983). He was co-founder of St. Andrew's Theological College in Sydney (1985), where he taught Patristics and Church History (1986-1995) and served as sub-dean. He was also Lecturer in the Divinity School (1986-1990) and the School of Studies in Religion (1990-1995) at the University of Sydney. Since 1995, he has taught as Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology, where he has also directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on Orthodox theology and spirituality including, Fire and Light (Light and Life Communications, 1987), Repentance and Confession in the Orthodox Church (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1990), Ascent to Heaven (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1989), The Desert is Alive (Joint Board of Christian Education, 1991), and Love, Sexuality, and the Sacrament of Marriage (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1996). He has recently published, Beyond the Shattered Image (Light and Life Communications, 1999), a book on Orthodox perspectives of the environment.

John B. Cobb, Jr., is Professor Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology and an active participant at the Center for Process Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Since his retirement, he co-organized, with George Regas, a group entitled, Progressive Christians Uniting, that seeks to provide a progressive Christian voice throughout southern California. He also recently helped to organize the International Process Network. He organized two major conferences on “The Theology of Survival” (1969) and “Alternatives to Catastrophe” (1969), and, with David Griffin, he organized the Center for Process Studies, a center that promotes the thought of Alfred North Whitehead, a viewpoint that Cobb believes necessary to counter the dominant thought patterns of modernity. His published works include: Is It Too Late: A Theology of Ecology (Environmental Ethics, 1995), Sustainability: Economics, Ecology, and Justice (Orbis Books, 1992); Sustaining the Common Good: A Christian Perspective on the Global Economy (Pilgrim Press, 1994); The Earthist Challenge to Economism: A Theological Critique of the World Bank (Palgrave Macmillan, 1999); and edited works with Charles Birch, The Liberation of Life: From the Cell to the Community (Cambridge University Press, 1981), and Herman Daly, For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and Sustainable Future (Beacon, 1994).

Anthony Cortese, Sc.D., is President of Second Nature, a nonprofit organization with a mission to catalyze a worldwide effort to make environmentally just and sustainable action a foundation of learning and practice at all educational levels. He is also a co-founder of the Education for Sustainability Western Network. Cortese was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MEPA). He was the first Dean of Environmental Programs at Tufts University and, in that position he spear-headed the award-winning Tufts Environmental Institute (1989) and the internationally acclaimed Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (1990). Cortese is a founding member, and currently the Chair of, The Natural Step US, and a founding member of the US Board of Councilors for the China—US Center for Sustainable Development. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has served on numerous boards, has been a consultant to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board, and the President’s Council on Sustainable Development’s Education Task Force. He has been the recipient of many awards including the Christopher Columbus Celebrate Discovery Legacy Award (2002).

Herman E. Daly is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs and the Co-Founder and Associate Editor of the journal, Ecological Economics. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and his B.A. from Rice University. He has also held positions as Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank (1988-1994) and as Alumni Professor of Economics at Louisiana State University. Daly served as Ford Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Cear (Brazil), as a Research Associate at Yale University, as a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University, and as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Brazil. He has also served on the board of directors of numerous environmental organizations including the Beijer Ecological Economics Institute of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and WorldWatch Institute. He is a member of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Scientific Advisory Board Subcommittee on Environmental Economics. His research interests in economic development, population, resources, and the environment have resulted in numerous books and articles including: Toward a Steady-State Economy (W. H. Freeman, 1973), Steady-State Economics (Island Press, 1991, c1977), Valuing the Earth (MIT Press, 1993), Beyond Growth (Beacon, 1996), and Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics (Elgar, 1999). He is coauthor, with theologian John B. Cobb, Jr., of For the Common Good (Beacon, 1994, c1989), a book that received the 1991 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas for Improving World Order. He has numerous additional awards including: the Sophie Prize (Norway) for contributions in the area of Environment and Development (1999), the Honorary Right Livelihood Award (Sweden's, ’alternative Nobel Prize,“ 1996), and the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (1996).

Wm. Theodore de Bary is John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and Provost Emeritus at Columbia University and Founder of the Heyman Center for the Humanities. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen works on Asian civilizations including: Waiting for the Dawn (Columbia University Press, 1993), The Trouble with Confucianism (Harvard University Press, 1991), Confucianism and Human Rights (Columbia University Press, 1998), Asian Values and Human Rights (Harvard University Press, 1998), The Sources of Chinese Tradition (Columbia University Press, 2000), and The Sources of East Asian Tradition (Columbia University Press, 2008).

Frederick Mathewson Denny is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and the History of Religions at the University of Colorado at Boulder. An alumnus of the College of William and Mary and Andover Newton Theological School, he holds the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has previously held teaching appointments at Yale College and the University of Virginia. He has conducted field research on Qur’anic recitation, Muslim popular ritual, and the characteristics of contemporary Muslim societies in Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia.  His current research interests include Muslim human rights discourses, as well as Islamic law and Muslim practices relating to contemporary water stewardship. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals Teaching Theology and Religion, The Muslim World, Studies in Contemporary Islam, The Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Journal of Ritual Studies. In addition to many scholarly articles and book chapters on Islam-related topics, his major publications include a widely utilized college level textbook, An Introduction to Islam (3rd ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005) and several edited volumes. He is founding editor, since 1985, of the scholarly book series “Studies in Comparative Religion” at the University of South Carolina Press with more than fifty titles to date. He was lead editor for the second edition of Atlas of the World’s Religions (Oxford University Press, 2007), succeeding the late Ninian Smart, who edited the first edition (1999). Denny served for eleven years on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion.

Stephen Dunn is the Director of the Centre for Ecology and Spirituality (Toronto). He is the founding Director (Emeritus) of the Elliot Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, sponsored by the Theology Faculty of the University of St. Michael’s College, at the University of Toronto, Canada. The Institute provides graduate students with an opportunity to specialize in the area of theology and ecology and offers public lectures that bring developments in ecological theology to the attention of a wider audience.

Niles Eldredge has been on the curatorial staff of the American Museum of Natural History and is Curator-in-Chief of the 11,000 sq. foot permanent exhibition “Hall of Biodiversity” which opened in May 1998 at the American Museum of Natural History. A paleontologist by trade, Eldredge has devoted his career to the analysis of evolutionary patterns preserved in the fossil record and their implications for understanding the evolutionary process. He has confronted the contemporary mass species extinction issue in several books including: Life in the Balance: Humanity and the Biodiversity Crisis (Princeton University Press, 1998).

Richard Foltz holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and is Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia University, Montréal. An historian of comparative religious traditions with a special focus on the Muslim world, his books L'Iran creuset de religions (Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2007) and Religions of the Silk Road: Overland Trade and Cultural Exchange from Antiquity to the Fifteenth Century (St. Martin's Press, 1999) propose historical models for considering the emergence, development and transmission of the world's major religious traditions. In the area of Religion and Ecology, he has edited a widely-used course text titled Worldviews, Religion and the Environment: A Global Anthology (Wadsworth Thomson, 2002) and two seminal volumes exploring environmental values among Muslims, Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust (Harvard, 2003) and Environmentalism in the Muslim World (Nova Science, 2005). His book Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Cultures (Oneworld, 2006) is the first scholarly survey of how Muslims have viewed the importance of non-human animals. Dr. Foltz's most recent journal articles are "The Religion of the Market: Reflections on a Decade of Discussion," in Worldviews: Environment, Culture, Religion 11/2 (2007), "Is Zoroastrianism an Ecological Religion?" in the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 1/4 (2007), and "Muslim 'Orientalism' in Medieval Travelogues of India," in Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 37/1 (2008). In all Dr. Foltz has authored or edited eight books and some seventy journal articles and other scholarly publications. His work has appeared in French, Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Japanese, Indonesian, Urdu, German, Bosnian, Spanish, and Russian.

Norman Girardot is Professor of the Comparative History of Religions at Lehigh University. His research interests include: Daoism, Chinese mythology, and the history of the study of Chinese religions, as well as American visionary “folk” or “outsider” art and popular religious movements in the United States (e.g., the Elvis “cult” phenomenon). His published works include: Myth and Meaning in Early Taoism (University of California Press, 1983) and The Whole Duty of Man: James Legge (1815-1897) and the Victorian Translation of China. 19th-century Transformations of Missionary History, Sinological Orientalism, and the Comparative Science of Religion (University of California, 2001).

Ann Grodzins Gold is Professor of Religion and Anthropology at Syracuse University. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research in North India has included studies of pilgrimage, world-renunciation, women’s expressive traditions, the transmission of ecological knowledge, and memories of environmental change. She is co-editor, with Philip Arnold, of Sacred Landscapes and Cultural Politics: Planting a Tree (Ashgate, 2001). Additional publications include articles on sacred groves, children’s environmental perceptions, moral interpretations of climate change, and several books, the most recent of which is a co-authored volume with Bhoju Ram Gujar entitled, In the Time of Trees and Sorrows: Nature, Power, and Memory in Rajasthan (Duke University Press, 2002).

Ursula Goodenough is Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. She has served as President of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science, has taught an undergraduate courses in cell biology, and has written a textbook on genetics. Her research interests include: molecular evolution of sex-related genes and issues regarding the science/religion dialogue. Her most recent book, The Sacred Depths of Nature (Oxford University Press, 1998), explores religious responses to our scientific understanding of nature and suggests that these responses have the potential to serve as an underpinning for a planetary consensus on global ecology.

John Grim is currently Senior Lecturer and Senior Scholar at Yale University where he has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. With Mary Evelyn Tucker he is Coordinator of the Forum on Religion and Ecology and series editor of "World Religions and Ecology," from Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions. In that series he edited Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (Harvard, 2001). He has been a Professor of Religion at Bucknell University, and at Sarah Lawrence College where he taught courses in Native American and Indigenous religions, World Religions, and Religion and Ecology. His published works include: The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983); a co-edited volume with Mary Evelyn Tucker entitled Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994, 5th printing 2000); and a co-edited Daedalus volume (2001) entitled, Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? John is also President of the American Teilhard Association.

David Haberman is Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. in the History of Religions from the University of Chicago. His current research interests focus on Hinduism and ecology and Deep Ecology. His most recent project, a book entitled, Yamuna: River of Love in an Age of Pollution (forthcoming), examines the theology and religious practices associated with the river goddesses of northern India, the manner in which the religious culture connected with rivers changes when a river becomes severely polluted, and the responses to resist river pollution being generated by religious communities involved in river worship.

Safei-Eldin Hamed is a scholar of environmental planning, an educator of landscape architecture, and a consultant of international development. He practices primarily in the United States and the Middle East. Currently, he is an associate professor of architecture and planning at Texas Tech University.

Dr. Hamed has taught at the University of Guelph and The University of Nova Scotia in Canada; King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia; and the University of Georgia, Virginia Tech, and the University of Maryland in the United States. He has been invited to lecture in different universities around the world including: Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, DePaul, Cairo, Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. He worked also as an environmental assessment specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC between 1994 and 1997. 

He has served as a consultant for several organizations including: the State Department, the United States Environmental Protection Agecy (EPA), the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Agency for International Development (USAID), the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the Smithsonian Institute, the Aga Khan Award for Architectur, the Arab Development Institute, Parks Canada, Yemen Ministry of Environmental Affairs, and the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.

Dr. Hamed has authored or co-authored six books and more than fifty chapters, articles, papers, and special reports on various topics including: environmentally and socially sustainable development, environmental strategies and management of the arid lands, Islamic gardens and architecture, environmental ethics in Islam, and Arab-Muslim cross cultural issues. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Planning from Virginia Tech, a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cairo University.

S. Nomanul Haq is currently on the faculty of Rutgers University and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. He has published widely in the areas of his research interests (Islamic intellectual history, religion, and Sufism).

Dieter Hessel is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, New Jersey), Director of the Ecumenical Program on Ecology, Justice, and Faith, Co-Director of Theological Education to Meet the Environmental Challenge (TEMEC), and has served as the Social Education Coordinator and Social Policy Director of the Presbyterian Church (USA). He holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics. His published works include: Theology for Earth Community: A Field Guide (Orbis, 1996); The Church’s Public Role Retrospect and Prospect (Eerdmans, 1993); After Nature’s Revolt: Eco-Justice and Theology (Fortress, 1992); Social Ministry (Westminster/John Knox, 1992); and two co-edited volumes, one with Larry Rasmussen entitled, Earth Habitat: Eco-Injustice and the Church's Response (Fortress, 2001) and one with Rosemary Radford Ruether entitled, Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans (Center for the Study of World Religions, 2000).

Tazim Kassam is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and South Asian Religions at Syracuse University and co-chair of the Study of Islam section of the American Academy of Religion. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Religions from McGill University with a specialization in Islamic and Hindu traditions. She has served as a Lilly Teaching Scholar and has been a recipient of an National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship for college professors. Her interests include: gender and development issues, computer-based learning technologies, and community service. Her book, Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance (SUNY, 1995), offers a critical historical introduction to a major scholarly translation of the devotional hymns of Ismaili Muslims in the Indian subcontinent.

Stephanie Kaza is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont where she teaches religion and ecology, ecofeminism, environmental philosophy, and unlearning consumerism. She is a long-time Soto Zen practitioner affiliated with San Francisco Zen Center. Kaza is the author of: The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees (Ballantine, 1993), co-editor, with Kenneth Kraft, of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism (Shambhala, 2000), and editor of Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume (forthcoming).

Fazlun Khalid has established for himself a world wide reputation as an indefatigable advocate of environmental protection rooted in Islam and is now recognised as one of fifteen leading eco theologians in the world alongside the Dalai Lama and the Pope.
               
He also has a deep commitment to work with other faiths and as an example of this he chaired a major gathering in Japan in 1995 and produced the Ohito Declaration for Religion, Land and Conservation which pledged all the major faiths to work together in addressing environmental problems. Subsequently as Director of Training for the Alliance of Religions and Conservation he tirelessly promoted this declaration world-wide from 1995 to 2000.

Since the mid 1980s he has devoted his energies to promoting Islamic environmentalism in both its theological and practical manifestations. His writing output has been described by an influential academic as being “among the most important, insightful, relevant and reliable” in this area of concern. His work in the field is of even greater significance where through the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences which he founded and now directs, he attempts to establish pioneering projects based on Islamic principles.

His work displays a sustained effort at spreading the environmental message across the Muslim world and also a deep commitment to the cause of environmental justice for the poor in developing countries.

Kenneth Kraft, Professor of Religious Studies at Lehigh University, is a scholar of Japanese Zen and socially engaged Buddhism. He received his B.A. from Harvard University, his M.A. from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. At Lehigh he has served as chair of the Religious Studies department and director of the College Seminar Program. In 2005, he received a Lindback Foundation Award for distinguished teaching by a senior member of the faculty. Kraft has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, and the Stanford University Japan Center in Kyoto.

Kraft’s book Eloquent Zen: Daito and Early Japanese Zen was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice magazine. His anthology of present-day Zen masters and scholars, Zen: Tradition and Transition, is widely used in college courses. The Wheel of Engaged Buddhism: A New Map of the Path explores spiritually based responses to social and environmental issues. Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism, coedited with Stephanie Kaza, brings together ancient and contemporary Buddhist teachings about human/nature relations.

Satish Kumar is Director of Programme at Schumacher College, editor of Resurgence, and founder of the Small School Hartland. At the age of nine he became a Jain monk, at eighteen he joined the Gandhian Movement, and later in his life he walked more than 8,000 miles from India to the United States in order to propagate peace and non-violence. His published works include: You Are Therefore I Am (Green Books, 2002) and No Destination (Green Books, 1992).

Liu Xiaogan received his Ph.D. from Peking (Beijing) University (1985) and has taught and conducted research at Peking University, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the National University of Singapore. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Pacific School of Religion (Berkeley) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to many Chinese books and papers, his English publications include Classifying the Zhuangzi Chapters (Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1994). He is currently conducting comparative research of varied versions of the Tao-te-ching or Laozi, in light of the newly discovered bamboo slips, silk manuscripts, and received manuscript versions.

Jane Lubchenco is Distinguished Professor of Zoology and Valley Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University, a scientific advisor to Religion, Science, and the Environment; a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the board for several organizations including: Environmental Defense, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Beijer Institute for Ecological Economics, SeaWeb, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She also served as the a former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as a former President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and as President of the International Council for Science. Lubchenco received her Ph.D. in Ecology from Harvard University. She is a MacArthur Fellow, a Pew Fellow, and winner of the 2002 Heinz Award in the Environment. She was also nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the National Science Board.

 Oren Lyons is Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Onondaga Nation, Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) and Associate Professor in the American Studies Program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Oren has been active in international indigenous rights and sovereignty issues at the United Nations and other international forums for more than three decades. His published works include the national Indian newsmagazine, Daybreak.

Mary MacDonald is an Australian who worked for eight years as a teacher and researcher in Papua New Guinea.  Currently she is O’Connell Professor in the Humanities at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.  Her research focuses on Melanesian styles of Christianity and ecological understandings of religion. Her published works include  Mararoko: A Study in Melanesian Religion (Peter Lang, 1991), articles on indigenous religions and Christianity, three chapters in Introduction to the Study of Religion (Orbis, 1998),  and an edited volume, Experiences of Place (Center for the Study of World Religions, 2003).  She was an area editor for, and contributor to, the Encyclopedia of Religion, second edition (Macmillan Reference USA, 2005).

Daniel Maguire is Professor of Religious Ethics at Marquette University and President of The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics. He is a former president of The Society of Christian Ethics. His published works include: Sacred Choices: The Right to Contraception and Abortion in Ten World Religions (Fortress, 2001), The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity (Fortress, 1993), The New Subversives: Anti-Americanism of the Religious Right (Continuum, 1982), A New American Justice: Ending the White Male Monopolies (Doubleday, 1980), Death By Choice (Doubleday, 1974), The Moral Revolution (HarperSanFrancisco, 1986), and, as editor, Sacred Rights: The Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions (Oxford University Press, 2003).

Robert Massie is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) and an ordained Episcopal minister. He has been working on issues of corporate governance and responsibility for more than two decades. Massie received his master’s degree in social and theological ethics from Yale Divinity School and his doctorate in business policy from Harvard Business School (1989). He has taught at Harvard Divinity School where he ran the Project on Business, Values, and the Economy and has served as a commissioner for the World Council of Churches and an elected democratic primary nominee for the position of Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. His published works include: Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years (Doubleday, 1997).

Jay McDaniel is the Director of the Steel Center for the Study of Religion and a philosophy professor at Hendrix College. He also serves on the board of directors of the Center for Respect of Life and Environment and (CRLE) is active in the Earth Charter initiative. His published works include: Of God and Pelicans (Westminster/John Knox, 1989), Earth, Sky, Gods, and Mortals (Twenty-Third Publications, 1990), With Roots and Wings (Orbis, 1995), and Living from the Center: Spirituality in the Age of Consumerism (Chalice Press, 2000). Influenced by process theology, he has attempted to develop a process theology of ecology in dialogue with other world religions, particularly Buddhism. His interests also include concerns for animal welfare within the larger horizons of ecological thinking.

Sallie McFague is Distinguished Theologian in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, British Columbia, and professor emerita at Vanderbilt University, where she taught for thirty years. McFague holds a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Yale University and a B.A. from Smith College. Her published works reflect her interests in religious language and ecological theology. They include: Metaphorical Theology (Fortress, 1982), Models of God (Fortress, 1987), The Body of God (Fortress, 1993), Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril (Fortress, 2001), and A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming (Fortress, 2008).

James E. Miller is Assistant Professor of East Asian traditions at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of Daoism: A Short Introduction (Oneworld, 2003), co-editor, with N. J. Girardot and Xiaogan Liu, of Daoism and Ecology: Ways Within A Cosmic Landscape (Center for the Study of World Religions, 2001), and editor of http://www.daoiststudies.org. His current research projects include: The Way of Highest Clarity, a study of a medieval Daoist religious movement, and The Economy of Cosmic Power, an ecological theory of religion.

Victor Montejo is Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California. A former instructor at Bucknell University, Montejo is a Jakaltekan-Mayan anthropologist active in issues of human rights and local resettlement of Guatemalan Mayan peoples.

William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy, Director of the International Environment and Resource Policy Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. Moomaw received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has served as Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, the Director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program at the World Resources Institute, and as a Congressional Science Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), where he helped to evaluate the legislation to phase out CFCs in aerosol cans and worked on energy RandD following the oil embargo. He has written extensively on climate change, and has been a principle author of the industry chapters of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Second Assessment: A Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 1995).

Vijaya Nagarajan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation was entitled, “Hosting the Divine: The Kolam as Embedded Ritual, Aesthetic, and Ecology in South India.” Nagarajan has also sered as co-founder and co-director of the Institute for the Study of Natural and Cultural Resources and has been affiliated with various environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) both in India and the United States.

Vasudha Narayanan is the American Academy of Religion “president elect” and the author of “‘One Tree is Equal to Ten Sons’: Some Hindu Responses to the Problems of Ecology, Population and Consumption,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion 65 (Summer 1997): 191–232. In addition, she has been the recipient of several grants and fellowships including a Guggenheim fellowship (1991–1992) and an National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) fellowship (1998–1999). Her research interests focus on shared ritual worship spaces between Hindus and Muslims in south India. Her published works include: The Vernacular Veda: Revelation, Recitation and Ritual (University of Southern California Press, 1994) and a number of forthcoming titles such as: The Sacred Utterance: A Translation of a 9th Century Poem, Hindu Traditions in the United States: Temple Space, Domestic Space and Cyberspace, and The Hindu Traditions: An Introduction.

 Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born in 1933 in Tehran, Iran in a family of educators and scholars, his father having been one of the founders of the Persian educational system.  Consequently, he received the best classical Persian and Islamic education during his early years in Tehran.  He later came to the West to finish his secondary education at the Peddie School in New Jersey and after graduating as the valedictorian of his class, he went to MIT where he studied physics and mathematics and graduated with honors in 1954.  Meanwhile, his interest turned to an ever greater degree to philosophy and the history of science and he transferred to Harvard University to pursue graduate studies first in the field of geology and geophysics in order to acquaint himself with a descriptive as well as a mathematical science, and finally in the field of the history of science and philosophy in which he received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1958 with specialization in Islamic cosmology and science.  From 1958 until 1979, he was professor of the history of science and philosophy at Tehran University and for several years the dean of the Faculty of Letters and for sometime the vice chancellor of the University.  He also served for several years as president of Aryamehr University in Iran.  In 1962 and 1965 he was visiting professor at Harvard University and in 1964-65 the first Aga Khan professor of Islamic studies at the American University of Beirut.  He was also the founder and first president of the Iranian Academy of Philosophy and is president of the Foundation for Traditional studies.

In 1979 Dr. Nasr migrated to the United States where he became first the distinguished professor of Islamic studies at the University of Utah, then from 1979 to 1984 professor of Islamic studies at Temple University.  Since 1984 he has been University Professor of Islamic studies at the George Washington University.

Dr. Nasr has lectured widely throughout the United States, Western Europe, most of the Islamic world, India, Australia and Japan.  He has also given several major lectures such as the Azad Memorial Lecture in India, the Iqbal Lecture in Pakistan, the Charles Strong Memorial Lecture in Australia, the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the Cadbury Lectures at Birmingham University in England.  He has also been for ten years member of the directing committee of FISP (Federation Internationale des Societes Philosophiques) and a member of the Institut International de Philosophie.

Dr. Nasr is the author of over fifty books and over 500 articles.  His works concern not only various aspects of Islamic studies but also comparative philosophy and religion, philosophy of art and the philosophical and religious dimensions of the environmental crisis.

Lance Nelson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University. His writings on Advaita Vedanta and other aspects of South Asian religion have appeared in books and scholarly journals in the United States and India. His published works include the edited volume, Purifying the Earthly Body of God: Religion and Ecology in Hindu India (SUNY, 1998).

Melissa Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in cultural ecology at the University of California at Davis, President of The Cultural Conservancy (a native nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional cultures and their ancestral lands) and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Religions Initiative. A member of the Turtle Mountain band of Chippewa Indians, her research focuses on Native American environmental justice and cultural restoration at the Presidio National Park in San Francisco, a military base that has recently been converted into a park.

Jacob Olupona is Professor of African-American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis, President of African Association for the Study of Religions, and Chair of the American Academy of Religion’s (AAR) Committee on International Connections. He received his Ph.D. in religion from Boston University. Olupona and has taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and has served as a Fulbright Visiting Professor, an Academic Fellow at the Commonwealth Universities (England), Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of Religions, and has been a recent recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the University of California Research Fellowship. He has authored several publications including: Kinship, Religion, and Rituals in a Nigerian Community (Coronet Books, 1991), Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity (forthcoming), African Spirituality (forthcoming), and has edited or co-edited several additional books including: African Traditional Religions in Contemporary Society (Paragon 1991), and, co-edited with Suleyman Nyang, Religious Pluralism in Africa: Essays in Honor of John Mbiti (Mouton de Gruyter, 1993).

Mary Pearl is the President of Wildlife Preservation Trust International (WPTI), a Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (a consortium of biodiversity research institutions based at Columbia University), and co-founder of the Center for Conservation Medicine.